|Minimum Stay||5 - 7 nights|
AVAILABLE: mid June to mid September , Weekly Friday to Friday
PAYMENTS: When you are decided I generate a lease for you to sign and declare the occupants. You sign and return the lease with the first payment within a week of its receipt.
MY HOUSE: is in the Middle of South Coast, easy walking distance to Vaill Beach. Five minutes drive to town.
Ten rooms: Upstairs are two bedrooms ( one with queen bed , one with two double beds, large dressing room and a bathroom
Downstairs: Two bedrooms one with a queen bed , one with two twin beds), kitchen, dining room , living room, den and full bathroom.
OUTSIDE: Stone patio with lounge chairs on ocean side, wood deck with picnic table, grills on other side of house which is less windy late in the day when there are onshore breezes.
Four acres with paths, stone walls, large enclosing walls from a barn, a laundry yard.
FURNISHINGS: Kitchen has all the expected large and small appliances and dinnerware as well as washer /dryer
Hot and cold outside shower
Parking for two vehicles
Wildlife ( deer, geese, turtles ) comes through
Grills- gas and charcoal
Retired financier with a passion for sports, a penchant for travel and pleasure taken in cultural activities.
Catharine Kolb purchased this house in 1983
It's beautiful and unspoiled, easy to get to, and a place to chill out
marvelous bird watching, star spotting, rambling on beaches or trails, biking the challenging hills, enjoying the local music scene, taking great photos and being at the beach.
I jog, bike and meander from the front door. I sling a towel around my neck, a beach chair over my shoulder and stuff a book or my watercolors in the chair , walk down the grassy path over the back of the property and am on the beach in less than 12 minutes.
The house fully lived up to its description/ photos. The owner provided us with tons of useful info especially the fun map with places to explore, and helped us understand the island's weather patterns. Our group of 7, including 5 young adults, had plenty of space for togetherness outdoors and in, and alone time in the quiet den. The lay out of rooms is great. The good-sized dining room has nice serving platters and casserole dishes. The kitchen is big enough for a group to sit on the benches while the cook, both when grilling outdoors and working in the kitchen, has company. Sitting on the comfy chaise longues and admiring the views was heaven, (we appreciated the 4 acres...no traffic noise and a very private feel.) so was bird watching each morning. We sure hope to go back next year!
My family LOVED staying here. My sister came from Illinois, my brother from Sweden, and my 91 year old dad, and myself from Massachusetts. The house was well equipped with plates, utensils, and appliances. The beds were comfortable, and the grounds well maintained. We even saw deer a couple of times. The homeowner was exceptionally pleasant to deal with. Whenever we had questions about where things were or how they worked she got right back to us. (not that we had that many questions) There are detailed instructions for the use of the major appliances, and TV. Most mornings we sat out back with coffee and listened to all the various birds. We would highly recommend this home for anyone looking to get away from the every day.
Quaint house is in a really nice location and the yard is lovely (loved the blackberries in August). House has a nice open feeling but the decor and furnishings are quite dated. The house is also dirty and has bugs, which may or may not be an issue for you if you are looking that rustic island feeling. We stayed at the house for two consecutive years but will not be staying there this year. Note that the owner is trying to sell the house so there is a lot of deferred maintenance. We had to deal with a leaking sink that made a total mess. You must also look out for the owner; as soon as we had an issue she turned mean and nasty. Blamed us for broken furniture because we did not alert to it right then we arrived. Bathroom situation is bad. Overall, we liked staying there but due to the lack of maintenance and odd owner we will only have our fond memories of friends and family at the house as we move on to a more a suitable place this year and in the future.
We enjoyed a wonderful week at this lovely home. We had a party of eight and we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The location is great. The house is very comfortable and fully equipped. The sleeping arrangements are more than adequate for a group of eight. There is a nice view of the ocean from the back patio where we spent much time relaxing and enjoying the sunset. The property is secluded and very quiet. It is a short walk to a nice beach, and the South light house is a short drive away. A perect vacation spot!
We stayed at this house for 2 weeks in August. It's an older house that could be charming. There is a large flat yard space, limited views, and lots of outdoor seating. As others have noted, the bedrooms are spaced out in a way that made it comfortable for our party of six. Unfortunately, the house is poorly maintained and the owner is difficult. Just to name a few things, there was broken furniture with signs on it from early June that had not been repaired, the bedroom screen had to be retrieved from behind the dumpster, the window shades were lying on the floor because they were the wrong size, there was grime and dirt on top of the fridge and microwave, the cabinets were so terribly organized that we did very little cooking (for example 5 sets of measuring spoons but not one complete set? 3 old dirty mops but no dust pan, every pot, pan, lid, muffin tin, steamer etc. just thrown into a giant cabinet, many of them still dirty), the slip covers were old and sandy, and there was just STUFF everywhere - lamps, vases, candles, figurines, etc. The clothesline was so over grown that it was inaccessible. We were also disappointed that the owner came to the property for a few hours during our stay despite our polite request that she not interrupt our rare family time. She denied our request and was even rude about it. A realtor with whom we have worked for years advised us against working with this particular property owner. In hindsight, I wish I had listened. Block Island is such an amazing, peaceful and beautiful spot. We have been going for years and have always had really positive experiences. There are many better places to rent.
The house and property had everything a family with 3 kids needs for a wonderful stay on Block Island--a selection of bedrooms upstairs and downstairs so that the kids could either have their own room or share, a fully equipped kitchen, big dining room table, TV/DVD player for watching a family movie in the evening, two big decks equipped with picnic tables and comfortable chairs for reading and enjoying the view and sunshine, and plenty of yard space. We walked every day to a nearby beach which was never crowded and was perfect for playing in the waves and sand. We were also within walking distance of the famous Painted Rock (and took our turn at decorating it on our last day on the island). Other beautiful beaches and fun activities are close by, and we enjoyed biking, paddle boarding, kayaking, horseback riding, and hiking on the Clay Head Trail as well as the Manisses animal farm, and ice cream and beanbag toss at The Oar. Bring a car if you have a young family. Thanks so much for the welcoming and comfortable accommodations, Catharine! We would definitely stay here again.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
June to mid Septemberber
Jun 9 2017 - Sep 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$450|
|Property Damage Protection||$59|
Given the lack of commercial laundry facilities on the island you can bring your own linens or rent linens from a mainland company which delivers to and picks up from the house . Baby gear can also be rented . All info is contained in the lease.
Get your ferry reservations immediately after confirming your booking with me. The biggest issue with a Block Island vacation is always getting a ferry Rez for your car. Interstate eNavigation starts taking reservations by phone the first business day after New Years. Book early therefore
Stargazing :join weekly guided outing , bird banding station and Audubon guide, horseback riding, a lot to paint and photograph, paved road near house flat enough and safe enough to roller blade/skike , also a good spot for a kid's lemonade stand.